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New gymnastics center plans grand opening

Jan. 30, 2013 @ 03:07 PM

HUNTINGTON -- A new gymnastics center in Huntington is having its grand opening on Saturday, Jan. 26.

AMP Gymnastics Center will have an open house Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. and will be registering for winter session. It's located at 215 Hal Greer Blvd. in a 20,000-square-foot facility that was formerly a warehouse for Steel of West Virginia.

"Just come in, take a tour, ask questions and then register if you want," said Amy Coughenour, who co-owns the center with Sheri Duncan and Jill Tarter. All three have daughters who will be in gymnastics there.

Ryan Leger with several other instructors will offer coaching.

The center will offer classes in gymnastics, tumbling, cheer and dance, and is open to boys and girls from toddler age to teens. Kids can start as young as 2 years old for the "Mommy and Me" class.

AMP stands for "Attitude Mindset Power," said Coughenour, the wife of developer Dave Coughenour. Their daughter has been a state gymnastics champ for two years.

"Sheri approached me, and we decided we wanted to put in a facility in Huntington that had an extremely positive vibe for the kids," Coughenour said.

It's truly been a labor of love for the three women, Coughenour said.

"We have argued, cried and laughed until our sides hurt, pulling this gym together," she said. "Opening a business is the scariest thing I have ever done. However, it is so exciting to be part of the process.

"We truly want this to benefit the children of our community. Every child deserves to flip, twist, twirl and yell. We want to help make our dream their reality."

AMP's website is in the process of being redesigned right now but can be found at www.amptowin.com.